Class Dojo

ClassDojo's mission is to give communities of teachers, parents, and students the power to change education from the ground up, in every classroom in the world. ClassDojo is a communication platform that helps teachers, parents and students share what’s happening throughout the school day using photos, videos, and messages. It also helps teachers bring the most progressive ideas in education -- like SEL and personalized learning -- to their classrooms in easy ways, students love. With ClassDojo, classrooms and schools become close-knit communities, connected by the shared belief that they will improve education together. The company is one of the fastest growing education technology companies of all time, used and loved by millions of teachers, parents and students in over 2/3 of US schools, and 180 other countries. The team is made up of engineers, designers and educators from around the world, with deep backgrounds in public and charter schools, as well as from Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb, Amazon, Y Combinator and more.



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Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of ClassDojo

Co-Founder and CEO of ClassDojo.

Class Dojo in the press

May 31, 2016

Y Combinator Posthaven

We are excited to announce that Imagine K12, the original edtech accelerator, is joining Y Combinator to form an edtech vertical within YC.

May 25, 2016

Organic adoption of one classroom technology leads to a seamless way to share other ideas

The creators of ClassDojo, who say they are in two out of three schools nationwide, say they carefully developed the first iteration for growth mindset. (Take a “growth mindset” quiz developed by Dweck.) “When [the idea of growth mindset] comes from me, it’s like they try to forget it, because I am an adult and they are seven years old. But in a fate suffered by many promising ideas in education, in some places the idea spread in a faddish way. The company worked directly with Dweck’s lab at Stanford to ensure that the videos and lessons they offer are in line with “growth mindset” research.

May 24, 2016

Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. The app also gives educators tools to help coordinate parent-teacher conferences, classroom volunteers and other help from parents around school-related events. Given the seed capital, 8VC co-founding Partner Jake Medwell said he expects Bloomz to solidify its monetization strategy, and keep growing its user base and user engagement aggressively. CEO Chaks Appalabattura said, on the company’s website, that Bloomz is currently seeking beta testers for an enterprise product, Bloomz for Schools, for which it will eventually charge schools.

May 11, 2016

Oakland's Top 20 Tech influencers you need to know!

Vator has been a long-time champion of the Oakland tech scene. This is the hub for innovation when it comes to food, tech, art & sustainability. The cpmpany administers CaliforniaFIRST, the nation’s largest PACE program, which provides affordable financing for home upgrades to more than 20 million Californians. Founded in 2004, Lucid raised $17.18 million from Agility Capital, Autodesk, Dry Creek Ventures, Formation 8, GE Ventures, Peninsula Ventures and Zetta Venture Partners. Founded in 2000, Pandora is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service, and is one of the most successful Oakland-based tech startups.

April 18, 2016

StrictlyVC: April 18, 2016

—–Meet Jeremy Fiance, UC Berkeley’s 24-Year-Old SuperconnectorMost 24-year-olds are still figuring out how their careers will take shape. UC Berkeley has a half a million alums and a current student body of 37,000, including undergraduate and graduate students. —–DataGlobally, fintech startups raised $5.3 billion in funding in the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report from Accenture. —–New FundsGenomics company Illumina is committing $100 million to a new venture capital fund focused on early-stage companies pioneering new genomics products. Jeremy Fiance, a recent UC Berkeley graduate, knows he wants to be a venture capitalist.

April 7, 2016

With money to invest, General Catalyst promotes four, including Niko Bonatsos

Some people think Snapchat has the edge right now; some think it will be gone in five years. TC: You don’t think Slack will be the next big platform, as many people seem to want it to be? And Gabe Ling, who has been both a principal and a venture partner at General Catalyst in recent years, is now a partner. I don’t think it’s going to go away. We’re living in an interesting time, but I don’t think we’ve figured out what’s coming next.

Feb. 11, 2016

Y Combinator + Imagine K12: Together 'Making Something People Want'

Y Combinator announced that the five year partnership with Imagine K12 has taken its next step on its Posthaven blog, the original edtech accelerator, has joined Y Combinator to form an edtech vertical within YC. With this in mind, we began talking to Sam last year about more tightly integrating Imagine K12 within YC and creating a YC education vertical. Agreeing that 2016 was the right time to create YC/Imagine K12, the team decided to launch their first combined batch during summer 2016. Edtech companies in the future will use the regular Y Combinator application process (the Summer 2016 application is currently open) and will automatically become part of YC/Imagine K12 if accepted. New YC/Imagine K12 companies will have access to YC’s startup network and resources coupled with Imagine K12’s Educator Network and specialized understanding of the education market.

Feb. 10, 2016

Y Combinator Posthaven

We are excited to announce that Imagine K12, the original edtech accelerator, is joining Y Combinator to form an edtech vertical within YC. Edtech companies in the future will use the regular Y Combinator application process (the Summer 2016 application is currently open) and will automatically become part of YC/Imagine K12 if accepted. The entire Imagine K12 team will join YC and YC/Imagine K12 will emerge as a new and potent force in edtech. With this in mind, we began talking to Sam last year about more tightly integrating Imagine K12 within YC and creating a YC education vertical. We agreed that this year was the right time to create YC/Imagine K12 and decided to launch our first combined batch in the summer of 2016.

Feb. 10, 2016

Y Combinator Absorbs Edtech Accelerator Imagine K12, Creating Specialized Vertical

The fund is today announcing that it has formed a specialized vertical within Y Combinator by bringing into the fold Imagine K12, an edtech-focused accelerator. Y Combinator, the popular accelerator program, has made its first acquisition of a kind. And Y Combinator now has more resources to focus on the ever-growing ed-tech market. Indeed, Ralston and Brady sought out the advice of Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham before creating the accelerator. Applicants will be routed through the regular Y Combinator application.

Jan. 19, 2016

SoftTech VC Promotes Stephanie Palmeri and Andy McLoughlin to Partners

Stephanie Palmeri and Andy McLoughlin of SoftTech VC “It’s been a pleasure working with Stephanie and Andy, and I am proud to now call them my Partners” said Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC. Stephanie Palmeri joined SoftTech VC in 2011 as Senior Associate after receiving her MBA from Columbia Business School. Andy McLoughlin joined SoftTech VC in 2015 as Venture Partner, after co-founding London-based Huddle in 2006. At SoftTech, McLoughlin sponsored and sourced a number of deals - including OnboardIQ and LaunchDarkly. SoftTech VC, a leading early stage venture capital firm investing in B2B/Saas, Marketplaces, Connected Devices and B2C startups, has promoted two of its senior investment staff to Partners.

Aug. 28, 2015

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